Everyday Health Quotes Dr. Mandelbaum: 5 Weird Things Running Does to Your Body

There’s no doubt that running can be tough on your body. Here’s what to do about these common complaints and keep up with your training.

Running — at pretty much any pace — can yield major health benefits for the body.

For example, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at more than 55,000 runners ages 18 to 100 years and found that running even for 5 to 10 minutes daily at slow speeds showed significant reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

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Your lungs will love it, too. The activity has been linked to better oxygen intake, improved circulation, and increased lung function, according to a report published in March 2016 in the journal Breathe.

But running is one of those sports that also gets a bad rap for being notoriously tough on the body, from knee injuries to pulled or strained tendons to lost toenails. If you’re new to running or a veteran of the sport, which of these maladies should you actually be concerned about? And what can you do about them?

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